Women's NSL - Season 2004

Women's National Soccer League

Supplied by AWSA and transcribed by Thomas Esamie

Home Teamv Away Team
Round Eight (played November 12)
Venue : Springvale White Eagles Soccer Club, Melbourne
Victoria Vision
Barbieri, Digiammarco, Ruyter-Hooley, Lamb, Groenewald, Jackson, McEvoy, Fitzgerald, Vardakas, Terek (Koutrouvelis 70), Pannella (Angelucci 78)
Goal : Belinda Pannella 60
1 - 0 NSW Sapphires
Kell, Klessattel, Gilbert, Ristevski, Rollason, Rockall, O'Neill (Carney 50), Cavanagh, Kennedy, Uzunlar, Hilder (Adalis 67)
In Melbourne, Victoria Vision emerged 1-0 winners from a fairly tight contest over NSW Sapphires, and apart from creating a historic first in league history, it was Vision's first win for the season, a result which lifted them two spots into fourth place.

The first half ended up quite even, Victoria enjoying the better of the opening exchanges, before NSW finished the stronger going into the break. The home side should have taken the lead when Belinda Pannella was put through on goal, rounded the keeper but with an open goal at her mercy, blazed over the bar. NSW had two identical chances, Olivia Kennedy providing a low cross from the right to Katie Hilder, who firstly struck wide, then two minutes before half-time, Hilder's effort brought out a great save from goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri.

The second half was a fairly free-flowing period, despite the intrusion of horrific gale-force winds and sheets of torrential rain midway through.

Before the wet, ten minutes from the restart, Vision had a golden opportunity go begging, Caroline McEvoy unmarked on the edge of the 6-yard box sidefooted her shot wide with the goal at her mercy. Five minutes later however, Victoria took the lead, a McEvoy through-ball setting up Pannella to round the keeper and slot home.

Both sides did well to continue to play a passing game in the conditions, but the weather made it anybody's game despite a fightback from Sapphires. NSW's best chance for the half saw an unmarked Taryn Rockall bring down a cross from the right before her shot was saved point-blank in fantastic fashion by Barbieri.

Victoria were content to sit back late in the game to defend their lead and, surviving a NSW chance in the final minute, celebrated the final whistle.

Venue : Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, Brisbane
Queensland Sting
Nichols, Reuter, McDonnell, Grant, Polkinghorne, Ferguson (Mitchell 80), McShea, Mann (Nicopolous 80), Harch, Castelanelli (Walker 55), Walsh (Hamer 89)
Goal : Sarah Walsh 79
1 - 0 Canberra Eclipse
Williams, Davies, Hosking, Spence, Blacka, Doyle, Stocco (Brush 65), Munoz, Foster, A Chapman (Chiavannacoopt 65), Channing (Keogh 89)
In Brisbane, Queensland Sting kept their undefeated record to pull within a point of leaders Northern NSW Pride with a game in hand after defeating Canberra Eclipse 1-0. In the sapping heat, Sting controlled the game, particularly the second half, and created many chances on goal but were off-target in their shooting.

Canberra were able to push forward at times in the first half, the Caitlin Munoz combination with Kim Channing creating the odd problem for the home defence. However, Queensland's midfield trio of Alicia Ferguson, Kate McShea, and April Mann dominated the middle of the park and utilised Lana Harch on the right flank to dangerous effect.

Queensland were finally rewarded with a goal in the 79nd minute, a McShea freekick outside the 18-yard box knocked in to the left of goal which was converted by a Sarah Walsh header.

Venue : Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Western Waves
Perica, Colangelo, Williams (Gawned 46), McGawley, Oxtoby, Woodfin, Cunningham, Karp, Turnbull, De Vanna, Conway (Woodhouse 78)
0 - 1 Adelaide Sensation
Wirkus, May, Brock, Katianos, R Harrison (Rigon 75), Burgess, Papageorgiou, T Harrison, Bexis (Baker 79), Barbiero, Balomenos
Goal : Danielle Barbiero 21
In Perth, Adelaide Sensation spoiled the Western Waves' party, defeating the home side 1-0. It was a disappointment for the Waves, who were aiming for an undefeated run of home matches in this their last game of the season, the new team only playing the first half of the competition.

Western were able to create the greater number of opportunities on goal but ineffective finishing let them down. The very organised Adelaide outfit also dealt well with the lively Western attack and pinched a goal for themselves to secure the valuable three points which give them outright third position.

Western striker Lisa De Vanna was dangerous in possession, but her former teammates at Adelaide Sensation were able to keep her out of close range of goal for much of the time. Still, De Vanna was able to set up fellow striker Ciara Conway but the chances came to nothing, the closest being a header with just the keeper to beat which flew wide.

The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute, a cross not dealt with by the Waves defence allowing Danielle Barbiero to receive the ball on the penalty spot from where she turned and hit first time with an unstoppable strike, her first league goal.

In a second half devoid of many highlights, Waves were unable to adjust their game for a way through the solid defences of Adelaide as they protected their lead. Western did get through with a customary through-ball to De Vanna, but her best opportunity for the game was thwarted as keeper Emma Wirkus spread herself well in the one-on-one. With nine minutes remaining, Sensation almost scored a second, but Barbiero's shot one-on-one with the goalkeeper hit the post.